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Friday, 23 January 2004

image for Ariel Sharon art exhibit causes fresh uproar
Ariel Sharon in fresh controversy

The Israeli envoy to Sweden is in more hot water, after destroying an art exhibit at London's Tate Modern museum that depicted his prime minister Ariel Sharon floating in a bathtub full of soiled banknotes.

Eye witnesses said Zvi Mazel, who earlier this month caused havoc in a Stockholm museum, went "berserk" on seeing the exhibit while on a trip to the UK capital.

"He jumped into the tub and began furiously stuffing his pockets with wads of notes," said one onlooker. "It was only when it was pointed out to him that the money was false that he stopped and began complaining that the exhibit was anti-Semitic."

Sharon, who is facing fresh bribery and corruption charges in Israel, backed up his ambassador.

"If I was in the same position I would have done the same thing," he told reporters. "Just ask David Appel."

Davor Gelecki, the artist who created the work, insisted that it had an ‘important socio-political message.'

"I just wanted to show the world how someone as obviously heavy as Sharon can be supported by dirty money," he said.

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